Crop Tour’s Brian Grete: Rain Poses Risk To Illinois, Indiana Corn

August 21, 2018 04:37 PM
While the rains will boost soybean yield, they could pose more risk than benefit to corn.

Eastern Leg Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour scouts have had several opportunities to break out their mud boots and rain pants. While the rains will boost soybean yield, they could pose more risk than benefit to corn. 

“The corn crop [is] far enough along, I don't think it's probably going to get a whole lot of benefit from this [rain], as a matter of fact some of this corn is far enough along it would probably be one of the risks to it at this point in time as it tries to hold on to everything that's out there yield potential wise,” Brian Grete Pro Farmer Editor told AgriTalk host Chip Flory.  “If we get really wet here late in the season, it causes some issues.”

According to Grete, when corn gets too wet this late in the season stock rot issues and foliar disease pressure become concerns. 

“It's not an issue right now, but it's one of those potential pitfalls when you think about what could happen what could derail this thing, I think that's the biggest risk,” he said. 

Normally, the biggest risk would be lack of moisture causing kernel abortion and tip back. 

Tonight, Pro Farmer analysts will release their yield estimates for Indiana. 

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